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Protect the Blue and Green with a COVID-19 Vaccine

The University of West Florida strongly encourages the campus community to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. When you get vaccinated, you are helping us create a safer and healthier environment for all Argos.

Argo Nation Vaccination Day

In partnership with the Florida Department of Health, the University of West Florida is hosting Argo Nation Vaccination Day on Monday, October 4 in the University Commons from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccines will be administered, free of charge. The Florida Department of Health will provide the second dose of Pfizer for anyone who received their first vaccine at UWF’s Argo Nation Vaccination: Game Day on September 11. The first dose of Pfizer will also be available to anyone ages 18 and older and ages 12-17 with a parent/guardian present, as well as the Pfizer booster if eligible for moderate to severely immunocompromised. Johnson and Johnson’s Janssen is available for anyone 18 and older.

Registration: Vaccines are available by appointment and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Walk-ins will be accepted while supplies last. Please register by Friday, Oct. 1 at 5 p.m. using the Argo Nation Vaccination Day appointment calendar. Participants must bring a valid form of picture identification and a completed COVID-19 Screening and Consent form. Please review the fact sheets for Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson.

The UWF community is strongly encouraged, but not required, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Argo Nation Vaccination Incentive Program

Becoming fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is our greatest weapon in fighting this virus and has proven to be the most effective way to protect yourselves and others.

Any UWF student currently enrolled for the Fall 2021 semester who is fully vaccinated - two doses of Pfizer or Moderna, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen - is eligible to win UWF prizes.

Prizes include:

  • 5 students will each win free tuition/fees for 12 hours (or equivalent value) for the next semester
  • 5 students will each win $100 Dining Dollars for use at any UWF dining location
  • 5 students will each win $100 gift certificates to the UWF Bookstore
  • 5 students will each win free parking permits for the Spring 2022 semester (or equivalent value placed onto their Nautilus Card)
  • 5 students will each choose from the following on a first come, first awarded basis:
    • 128GB iPad 8th Generation
    • 32GB iPad 8th Generation and Apple Pencil 1st Generation
    • Dell Inspiron laptop
    • Nintendo Switch and two games OR Xbox Series S, an extra controller and Xbox Live Gold subscription for three months
    • Apple AirPods Pro
  • 3 students will each win smartwatches, valued at $200
*Financial awards such as tuition/fees, Dining Dollars, bookstore gift card or parking permit are non-transferrable. Students receiving physical awards valued at more than $600 will be issued a 1099 tax form.

To register for your chance to win, fill out the Argo Nation Vaccination Incentive Program Form. On October 7, winners will be randomly drawn from all fully vaccinated students who register. Award recipients will be contacted during the week of October 11-15 and distribution of the awards will occur by November 1.

The deadline to register for UWF’s vaccination incentive program is Tuesday, October 5 at 11 p.m. CST. You must be fully vaccinated by October 5 to be eligible.

Winners must provide a valid form of ID in order to claim their prize if selected. Vaccine records will be verified by Student Health Services.

Thank you for all you do to support UWF and to protect the health and wellness of Argo Nation.

student with a sleeve rolled up to show a bandaid covering a vaccination site
Vaccine Availability

All Florida residents age 12 or older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Floridians are encouraged to pre-register and/or schedule an appointment at

There are three highly-effective vaccines widely available at no cost.

student receiving a vaccination in the uwf field house
Vaccine Locations

Florida retail pharmacies offer the vaccination to eligible populations. You may schedule for vaccinations at the following sites:

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

The COVID-19 vaccine is not required at UWF but we strongly encourage our UWF community to receive the vaccine. 

For more information on COVID-19 vaccinations, visit the Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 vaccination webpage.

It typically takes two weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19. You are not fully vaccinated until two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks after a one-dose vaccine.

None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the U.S. use the live virus that causes COVID-19.

After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some side effects. These are normal signs that your body is building protection. The side effects from COVID-19 vaccination, such as tiredness, headache, or chills, may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Learn more about what to expect after getting vaccinated.

If you are fully vaccinated, learn more about the new guidance for fully vaccinated people.

Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. Learn more about why getting vaccinated is a safer way to build protection than getting infected.

While there is no federal or state mandate to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, all eligible individuals are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as they are able. In addition to protecting each recipient against infection, it is essential that a large enough percent of the population receives the vaccine in order to achieve “herd immunity” to prevent continued spread of the virus causing COVID-19. We must each play our part in this process, as we have in the past with vaccines to eliminate the threat of polio, measles and other viral infections.

More information on the COVID-19 booster shot can be found at the CDC Vaccine Booster Shot page.